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Jul 10, 2013

Trout River Pond, Newfoundland

'Trout River Pond' -  Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada
I have just returned from my first visit to Newfoundland. The scenery throughout the province is captivating, particularly the west coast. I was so taken with this enchanted landscape that I managed to take over 900 photos on a 10-day visit. A few photos will be posted in the near future.

In addition to landscape photography I have been dabbling in digital art for some time. The piece shown above, Trout River Pond, is created from one of those 900 photos. Two friends asked if there is "an app" or "a filter" for this. The short answer is "No!" The longer answer is I start with a digital photograph and an idea of how the image might look as a painting. The process after that is different for every image but involves LightRoom and PhotoShop and many steps, many decisions, many trials of different effects. There is no 'automatic' magic button, no 'app'. Each step is subjective and involves decision-making. What works with one photo doesn't work with another. Sometimes I like the effects I create. Sometimes I delete the file and start over again. Sometimes I just can't find the inspiration.

With Trout River Pond something works. For me it captures some of the magic of Newfoundland.

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